The bad thing about playing slot machines is that you have to keep
putting in the coins to keep playing and you can very quickly end up
spending more money than you had intended. In the excitement of the game,
it’s easy to lose track. Slot tournaments do not have that problem, though,
because the only money you spend is given out up front.
With slot tournaments, both in online casinos and in brick and mortar versions, the only money spent by the players is the entry fee. Upon paying that fee, each player in the tournament is given the same number of credits to play with, rather than depositing actual money. In this way, everyone has an equal chance of winning, since you’re not limited by the amount of money you spend. Instead of playing for payouts, the players earn points for winning combinations.
Each round in a slot tournament is timed and is usually short, normally from 10 to 20 minutes. The player’s purpose is to spin as quickly as possible in an attempt to use all of their credits, since any unused credits are wasted. At the end of the tournament, the players with the most points take home prizes, which usually come in the form of cash. At other times, the prizes are loyalty points, credits that cannot be withdrawn or physical prizes such as computers or TVs.
Slot tournaments vary in size and length. With online tournaments, it’s not uncommon for the competition to last several days or even weeks, though the individual rounds would still remain short. There is also a wide range of the number of people that are given prizes. Some slot tournaments only give prizes to the top few players, while others reward as many as the top 100 point earners.
Part of the appeal of slot tournaments is that they are more competitive than playing the slots in a normal setting. Normally, slots are a very solitary game, where you compete against a machine (or computer program if you’re playing online slots) by yourself. With slot tournaments, you are competing against other users for the highest score, which for many people makes it more fun.
Another appealing aspect of slot tournaments is the relatively low risk involved. Because the only money spent by the players is the entry fee, as long as the fee isn’t too high there is little risk in playing. Each spin only uses the credits you were given at the beginning and you don’t have to worry about money. If you win a prize, you can consider it a bonus. If you don’t, you can consider the entry fee the price for getting to play the game.
Though the atmosphere is different in land-based and online casinos, the tournament play is basically the same. With the low risk and at times high chance of reward, slot tournaments are a great way to enjoy the popular game of slot machines.